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Thursday, August 28 2014

‘The Temptation of Despair’ Is a Marvelous New Work on World War II-Era Germany

Werner Sollors' memories formed the basis for this book, but his research caused him to re-evaluate and re-imagine what he thought he knew about the time and the era.


Tinnarose: Tinnarose

Tinnarose is a singer-songwriter showcase of the highest order, and there’s plenty of material to keep coming back to.


Various Artists: Kompakt Total 14

After taking a year off to celebrate the label's 20th anniversary, Kompakt's annual Total compilation is back.


The Cleaners From Venus: Volume Three

This third volume of reissues from the Cleaners From Venus gives us another set of complications to consider in Martin Newell's work.


Centro-matic: Take Pride in Your Long Odds

Take Pride in Your Long Odds adds further talking points to Centro-matic’s esteemed canon.


Wednesday, August 27 2014

Quality Time and Honest Mistakes: “Wolverine Annual #1”

How an innocent camping trip can be ruined by a reasonable misunderstanding


Someone Is Missing in Elizabeth McCracken’s ‘Thunderstruck’

These stories, to borrow Carrie Fisher’s title, are postcards from the edge, a place McCracken’s creative heart has taken up residence.


‘The Railway Man’ Goes Off the Rails With Sentimentality

The movie wastes its impressive cast, choosing instead to drown itself in sentimentalism.


The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers

Brill Bruisers, with its blaring, neon keyboards and deep hooks, is both a prototypical New Pornographers record and another variation on the band's established themes.


“Harry Potter for Grown-Ups” Grows Up

The third and final installment in Lev Grossman's 'Magicians' trilogy, The Magician's Land, is also its best.


Todd Snider: Cheatham Street Warehouse

Snider covers Kent Finlay on Cheatham Street Warehouse to raise funds for Finlay’s medical care.


The Rentals: Lost In Alphaville

Matt Sharp's side project-turned-band is back, and they sound just like most of you remember them. But is that really such a good thing?


Imelda May: Tribal

When May rants about a "Wild Woman", we know that it's the woman that lives inside her. She ferociously attacks the lyrics, growling and stuttering as needed.


Kindred the Family Soul: A Couple Friends

Soulful duo Kindred the Family Soul retain the refined persona of R&B on latest album A Couple Friends.


Tuesday, August 26 2014

The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 4

With episode 4 of its second season, I feel as if the well is running dry on Telltale's ability to wring new meaning out of The Walking Dead franchise.


Not Just a Comicbook: “The Multiversity #1”

In this story of multiple worlds, fiction is fact and comicbooks are true.


Tracing the Mythos of Dylan, One Fan at a Time

The Dylanologists doesn't give up any answers about Dylan, but it does ask the right questions of people, on the trail through Dylan's America.


Kristen Wiig Sinks ‘Hateship Loveship’

Infusing Alice Munro's portrait of a lonely woman and her quest for happiness with deadpan comic beats, Kristen Wiig muddies the tone of "Hateship Loveship" and leaves it without a center.


Basement Jaxx: Junto

The UK progressive house duo is in transition on their latest full-length.


Cymbals Eat Guitars: Lose

For its themes of loss and longing, its wide-eyed sense of wistfulness, for all of its hopefulness in misfortune, Lose ends up being a win.


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